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Dane Baptiste: Edinburgh Fringe 2015 interview

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Dane Baptiste is just about ready for another Edinburgh Festival after picking up a Best Newcomer nomination in 2014.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m cold and hungry, but then I have begun this questionnaire after getting out the shower, so I’m also minty.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Can anyone be completely ready for the Fringe? I look at it like fatherhood, you’re never prepared, you just grow into the role, and it’s the only time nobody is surprised when they see a grown man cry tears of joy.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

It’s pretty close, apart from leaving out how minty I currently am. Other than that, you can only find out more by watching in Real life HD

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Having a really, really good show with a well ventilated room – and a funny original hygienic comedian.

Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?

People with loud laughs and a tendency to express positive emotions with rapturous applause. The human equivalent of sea lions basically.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

A few friends/colleagues/comedians that I’ve known and shared space before. We’ll get on if the flat stays tidy. Should I be lead out of the flat in handcuffs, it’s because somebody thinks “Leaving it to soak” is the same as washing something up.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

Meeting some of the other comics that have crafted some inspirational stuff; and the punters that support this whole thing. Also walking on perpendicular streets will help my gluteus (maybe).

What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?

I’ve never been, but then I’m also boring, so it will be butter n’ beans. Coleslaw and avocado if I’ve got some money in my pocket and want to get fancy. I’ve been to Baskin Robbins and asked for vanilla. I just know what I like.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

I will take this time to thank you guys for giving a highland fudge about what I’m doing up here and to encourage everyone from all walks, communities and cults to come and see REASONABLE DOUBTS, my 2nd show which will deal with the questions, “Who are we?”

“Why are we here?” “Are poltergeists really allergic to dog hair?” “What does a horny sea mammal sound like?” All the burning issues… 5th-31st August (Not the 17th).

Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 7.15pm
£7 – £13

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